Taranaki family keeps winning $12.5m Powerball ticket in safe for a week before claiming prize

A Taranaki family kept a $12.5 million winning ticket in a safe for a week before claiming their Powerball prize today, still waiting for their luck to sink in.

The family has a tradition of buying Lotto tickets as a syndicate a few times a year when they get together, the NZ Herald reports.

They bought a ticket at Fitzroy Lotto & Mags when the family was together on Saturday afternoon.

"I just put it in my wallet and forgot about it to be honest," said one of the sisters in the family who wants to remain anonymous.

One of them spotted on Facebook that evening that the Powerball ticket had been sold at the same store and told another sister in the house.

But the ticket was at their sister's house across town.

They rushed over to the ticket-holder's house in their dressing gowns and slippers.

"I handed them the ticket and we all just stood in the lounge cheering and hugging," said the sister who bought the ticket.

They claimed their prize at Lotto headquarters today and plan to use the money to look after the wider family, including future generations, the Herald reported.

"It's an incredible feeling knowing that our children and grandchildren won't have to count every penny," the winners said.

"I'm sure it will sink in eventually, but for now we can hardly believe it. We feel incredibly, incredibly lucky."

Lotto Powerball (file picture).
Lotto Powerball (file picture). Source: Lotto

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